An innovative and passionate educator, Dr. Hoag was a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education for over 35 years. An accomplished speaker, he has entertained and thrilled audiences throughout his lifetime with his anecdotes and philosophy on teaching, parenthood, athletic coaching and leadership. Dr. Hoag has received state and national recognition for teaching, coaching, education assessment and community service. Of note, he was the recipient of the national 2008 C. Thomas Olivio Award, presented to one person annually for leadership and creativity in student assessment by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute. Dr. Hoag created and directed the ground breaking Developing Tomorrow’s Professionals (DTP) program for Black and Hispanic young men. Stephen Hoag is the author of “A Son’s Handbook, Bringing Up Mom with Alzheimer’s/Dementia” a stirring personal account of his ten years caring for his mother with this dreaded disease.